Kyle Farmer

Kyle Farmer

31-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cincinnati Reds
Day-To-Day
Injury Undisclosed
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Despite having his best major league season in 2021, Farmer is a source of frustration for Reds fans. That's not on Farmer, but on the Reds' front office, who opted not to improve the shortstop position in the offseason, instead settling first on Eugenio Suarez and then on Farmer after Suarez did not work out. While Farmer was fantastic in July (.395/.456/.691), he tapered off and his overall rate stats (.316 OBP, .416 SLG) were just ok for a player in Great American Ballpark. Just as it's inadequate for the Reds to rely upon Farmer as a full-time shortstop, he doesn't provide enough category juice to be your fantasy shortstop and is a good bet to regress in 2022. That being said, his opportunities are unlikely to decrease, as Cincinnati has committed to a full rebuild and Suarez is no longer in the infield mix. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#521
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$Signed a one-year, $3.16 million contract with the Reds in March of 2022.
Out as expected Sunday
SSCincinnati Reds
Undisclosed
May 15, 2022
Farmer (general soreness) is out of Sunday's lineup against the Pirates.
ANALYSIS
The plan all along was to hold Farmer out of action through the weekend and take advantage of Monday's off day before a potential Tuesday return. Matt Reynolds is starting at shortstop and leading off.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
4
2
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
1
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+87%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .790 178 24 8 22 1 .277 .320 .470
Since 2020vs Right .658 545 51 9 60 4 .241 .301 .357
2022vs Left .715 32 1 1 9 1 .267 .281 .433
2022vs Right .495 94 10 0 6 1 .167 .245 .250
2021vs Left .789 122 22 7 10 0 .257 .311 .478
2021vs Right .715 407 38 9 53 2 .265 .318 .397
2020vs Left .895 24 1 0 3 0 .391 .417 .478
2020vs Right .478 44 3 0 1 1 .179 .273 .205
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+57%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .727 364 42 10 47 2 .254 .317 .410
Since 2020Away .657 359 33 7 35 3 .247 .295 .361
2022Home .628 57 7 1 7 0 .184 .281 .347
2022Away .493 69 4 0 8 2 .200 .232 .262
2021Home .771 280 33 9 38 1 .276 .330 .441
2021Away .690 249 27 7 25 1 .249 .301 .389
2020Home .468 27 2 0 2 1 .167 .259 .208
2020Away .734 41 2 0 2 0 .316 .366 .368
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Farmer compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a batter in feet per second.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
5.6%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.223
 
ISO
.105
 
AVG
.193
 
OBP
.254
 
SLG
.298
 
OPS
.552
 
wOBA
.248
 
Exit Velocity
79.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.4%
 
Sprint Speed
22.6
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
In 2019, Farmer traded away contact in exchange to add power, but in 2020 he reversed the equation, going homerless in 70 plate appearances, but lowering his K% from 29.9 to 18.6. Sample size caveats aside, is the trade-off worth it? While it's generally true that OBP is undervalued and SLG overvalued, with Farmer the offense hasn't risen enough to the level for it to matter. He's the definition of a replacement-level utility player, one who can play multiple positions in a pinch, but one that you wouldn't want to start for your roto team unless you're in a pinch.
Farmer spent most of the 2019 campaign in the majors, logging time at all four infield positions as well as behind the plate. He also showed some pop with his bat for the first time in his big-league career, slugging nine home runs and registering a .180 ISO in 197 plate appearances. That touch of power was a nice surprise, but it came at a price as Farmer's 67.8% contact rate was well below his his major- and minor-league career norms. Not coincidentally, the 29-year-old's strikeout rate jumped to an uncharacteristic 30.3% while both his batting average (.230) and xBA (.226) tumbled. Farmer wasn't expected to make the team out of spring training last season, but he solidified his spot on the club with his versatility -- he even logged a garbage-time outing as a relief pitcher. That versatility should keep Farmer on the roster in 2020, but he isn't likely to be more than a utility player.
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Sidelined by soreness
SSCincinnati Reds
Undisclosed
May 14, 2022
Farmer's absence from the lineup for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh is due to general soreness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
SSCincinnati Reds
May 14, 2022
Farmer isn't starting Saturday against the Pirates.
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Gets Thursday off
SSCincinnati Reds
May 5, 2022
Farmer is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Brewers.
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Four doubles in loss
SSCincinnati Reds
April 27, 2022
Farmer went 4-for-5 with four doubles, two RBI and a run in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.
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Reclaims leadoff gig
SSCincinnati Reds
April 20, 2022
Farmer will start at shortstop and bat leadoff Wednesday against the Padres.
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